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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Aboriginal commitment by authority

Story courtesy the Koori Mail ..

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Yirrkala celebrates

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

The Arnhem Land community of Yirrkala has celebrated the achievements of 40 local people who have completed a range of courses at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

At the recent cross-cultural graduation ceremony, students donned Batchelor Institute’s yellow gowns and ochre panels and many students also incorporated traditional head pieces and face painting with their academic dress.

Most students attained Certificates I and II in Conservation and Land Management, to assist them in their current roles as Aboriginal rangers.

Several students also completed a Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation, as well as a handful of students receiving certifications in business, training and assessment and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care.

Batchelor Institute says graduates have all developed skills they can use in their community.

Among the graduates were father and daughter Hamish and Rakuwan Gondarra, who completed their Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management. Hamish is currently working as a ranger with the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation.  During his studies he was also a part of the Learning on Country program, where Aboriginal rangers and Elders contribute to the education of school students.

Rakuwan was a Year 12 VET in Schools student, who completed her Year 12 certificate and the Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management as well as becoming a mother.

Batchelor Institute lecturer Dr Cheryl O’Dwyer, who teaches Conservation and Land Management in Nhulunbuy, commended the graduates on their progress and achievements.


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Scholarships total two hundred and fifty thousand dollars

Arrow Energy has awarded a $250,000 university scholarship package to 26 Indigenous students at leading Queensland universities.

The recipients are the latest members of Arrow’s Indigenous University Scholarships program, in partnership with Central Queensland University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, James Cook University and University of Southern Queensland.

For the past five years, Arrow has maintained 25 to 30 scholarships, contributing more than $1.25 million in funding to support tertiary educational outcomes for Indigenous people each year.

“We believe increasing participation in higher education is one of the key factors in closing the gap and these scholarships are part of that effort,” Arrow Energy’s Leisa Elder said.

"The scholarships are worth up to $10,000 a year for each person's course and also include mentoring, tutoring and peer network groups so students have the support to achieve their goals.”

A new recipient for this year is Elizabeth Mahon who works as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner in Charleville.

“I’ve always wanted to make my family proud by being the first family member to go to university and to demonstrate that I can truly make a difference,” she said.
Ms Mahon is in her first year of a Bachelor of Nursing Degree at the University of Southern Queensland.

“I am very passionate about improving the health of Indigenous men and women in rural and remote communities.

“I’ve personally been exposed to the hardship people face with limited medical services – that’s why I am actively pursuing further education to help reduce this.” ..

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